Field: Business Development Manager
Having studied Catering and Hospitality Management at college and training with THF, I found myself in Financial Services after an introduction from a local financial adviser. I spent the next 12 years with Prudential in sales and senior sales management roles, before joining Scottish Widows in 2001. Here, I spent four years running a large IFA business before joining St. James’ Place in 2007.
I choose St. James's Place because of its brand, culture and growth aspirations; it had a great track record of growth at a time when other organisations were shrinking. And I believe it was my extensive background and demonstrable success in Financial Services, along with my people skills, that gave me the advantage when I started as a Business Development Manager.
My desire for a broad role has definitely been satisfied here. Everyday I’m given a wide variety of work and it’s always great to see new businesses to St. James's Place develop and flourish through my input and influence. I always make sure that I focus my time and attention on the work that will bring the most benefit to St. James's Place. The 80/20 rule applies and there can be time stealers!
St. James's Place’s culture is both rewarding and competitive, and pivots around great teamwork. It’s one of the reasons why I believe my roles and responsibilities will continue to develop, and take me towards a more successful future. The relationships I have with my colleagues and the Partners have already supported my development in a host of different ways. I have enjoyed both formal and bespoke development, and my regular Development Reviews with my Executive Director are always stimulating and challenging.